This newly popularized dairy drink has healing properties that leave consumers with flat bellies, flawless faces and happy lives — or so experts say.
Milk kefir, made with either dairy milk or coconut milk, far surpasses water kefir in probiotic potency. The benefits of milk based kefir exceed those of water kefir no matter if the water kefir is cultured with fruit juice, vegetable juice, coconut water, or filtered water and a whole sweetener.
A large proportion of the studies that support these findings were conducted in vitro or in animal models. However, there is a need for systematic clinical trials to better understand the effects of regular use of kefir as part of a diet, and for their effect on preventing diseases.
Kefir might not be as trendy as chia seeds or quinoa, but it’s making a stir in the health food scene. This fermented milk drink, which hails from Eastern Europe, is often likened to drinkable yogurt in taste and health benefits. It’s mildly sweet and tangy and is a probiotic powerhouse. Some even say that kefir has more to offer health-wise than yogurt.
Living in the American “antibacterial” culture, where hand sanitizer is only an arm’s length away, it may seem like suicide for people to knowingly eat foods or drink beverages filled with microorganisms. However, nothing could be further from the truth! The key to understanding this is to learn a little bit about your gut.
Forget green smoothies, a fermented milk drink called kefir is what the health addicts are glugging now.
You probably already know about the health benefits of yogurt, but did you know you can get them in a drink as well?
Like yogurt, kefir is a cultured milk product with a tart and even sour taste, but the two foods have some differences as well.
No, not always. However, only in two circumstance that yogurt may be better than kefir. They are :
1. A commercially produced low fat flavored kefir will lose to a homemade yogurt. Especially if the kefir has been pasteurized after the fermentation process. Pasteuerisation after fermentation will kill whatever beneficial live strains there may be in kefir. Furthermore, low fat flavored means the addition of sweeteners which may be unhealthy as well.
2. If you know specifically what strains of bacteria you want, you may be able to find it in yogurt which may not be present in kefir.
A tangy, sour, fermented milk drink may not sound like a likely candidate to move from health food stores to mainstream supermarkets, but that's exactly what kefir has done. The beverage is steadily gaining fans convinced of the health benefits -- proponents tout its purported ability to help cure cancer, reduce high cholesterol and treat high blood pressure -- yet the scientific studies to support the claims are still few.
Kefir has been consumed in the Caucasus Mountains for thousands of years, according to archeological evidence, and was considered a gift from God (Allah) by the Muslim people who lived there. It is said that the Prophet Mohammed personally blessed the kefir “grains,” but warned that if the grains or recipe were given away the beverage would lose its power. Families passed down their prized kefir grains (the microbial bodies that ferment the milk into kefir) to their children.
With so many “functional” beverages out there today, one should wonder if they provide actual health benefits or are just good tasting and look cool. When it comes to fermented beverages like kombucha and kefirs, the good news is that many of them actually live up to their popularity and hype.
For anyone trying to give up sweets and sugar, this fermented food is a must - and you'll get a great night's sleep as well.
I am very excited about making my own kefir and how positively it reacted with my body. I think the bacteria probably help break down the lactose protein which causes us to react badly to milk. I don’t know but I know I didn’t have the usual reaction I get from milk products!
Over the years, the “good feeling” that comes with drinking kefir has been validated by science—kefir is more than a tasty and tangy beverage. It is a traditional, living superfood that can radically contribute to overall health.
Kefir is all the rage in the natural health community.
It is high in nutrients and probiotics, and is incredibly beneficial for digestion and gut health.
Many people consider it to be a healthier and more powerful version of yogurt.
Apparently I’m not the only one who is reaching for a bottle. Recently, the healthy snack has been turning up everywhere from cafés like Brooklyn’s Sun In Bloom to the shelves of local organic California grocers.
Kefir, pronounced as keh’-feer, alternately known as “Grains of the Prophet Mohammed”, “Drink of the Prophet”, “Tibetan Mushroom”, “Balm of Gilead”, “California Bees”, “Snow Lotus”, kombucha, tibcos, Yogurt Plant”, “Yogurt Mushroom”, is a cultured beverage that originally hails from Russia.
The ancient antidote for medical maladies.
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